We need to rein in the internet data baronsWhat should parents/schools/elected leaders do about their children being exposed to despicable viewpoints online? What realistically can we do? I don’t think there’s much hope for parents and schools solving this problem. Sure, we can limit access, and governments like China can firewall. But until an alternative exists, these solutions are just about as effective as thinking building a wall will stop the flow of drugs.Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have already gone past the point of no return regarding their ability to reign in messages of hate and violence. Want proof? One need to look no further than the 26,000 unresolved consumer complaints about Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission or the misogynist harassment on Twitter last month directed at the scientist who helped take the first picture of a black hole. An inability to distinguish between incitement and dissent is baked into their corporate culture. … [Read more...] about Your Say: What can be done about anti-social social media?
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There’s a new “Rick” at Rick’s Garden Center, and his name is Dan.Dan and Jeana Hopper of Monument bought the westside business in April, taking over from Mike and Gail Estes, who had owned and operated the Colorado Springs mainstay since 1985. The Esteses purchased the business from original owners Dwight Richner, his wife, Jackie, and son Ron, who founded it in 1948 at the same 1827 W. Uintah St. site where it stands today.“We’re the third family to own it,” said Dan Hopper.He doesn’t mind answering to “Rick” and sometimes does.The business name, footprint and location have continued as usual with the Hoppers at the helm. Regular customers still might see Mike Estes from time to time, when he and Gail aren’t on the golf course. As part of the purchase agreement, the Esteses helped the new owners through the transition and continue to offer support.“We had been looking to buy a business for the last six to eight … [Read more...] about New owners continue to grow legacy of Colorado Springs mainstay Rick’s Garden Center
I like to support small businesses and today on my blog I am interviewing Jill White the owner of Distinctively Me, a fashion business that makes made to measure clothes combining elegance, comfort and style. Over to you Jill! Have you always worked in the fashion business? No, I haven’t! It’s interesting because I have always loved clothes and throughout my life, be that as a student, at work or in my social life, people have always commented on how I dress and that I must have spent a fortune on my clothes as they looked so good. I had never spent crazy amounts on clothes as I like to feel I am getting value for money, rather than paying for a brand name for the sake of it. It’s only recently that I realised a comment made by my art teacher in my teens had a major impact on how I felt about my creative abilities. Let’s just say she was less than flattering! So, given that I was good with numbers, I went on and trained as an … [Read more...] about Interview With Distinctively Me Fashion Owner Jill White
Price Waterhouse Cooper’s (PwC) 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey in Vietnam finds that 52% of Vietnamese enterprises had experienced economic crime in the past two years. This is the first PwC survey in Vietnam. According to the survey, this crime rate is higher than the average in Asia-Pacific's 46% and the global rate of 49%. Even though 40% of the asked people said they hadn't encountered any criminals, it's highly likely that the crimes just haven't been exposed yet. The most common crime in Vietnam is embezzlement with 40% votes and bribes and corruption with 36%. 11% of the asked people don't know or don't want to say. About 53% of the criminals in major cases are insiders with 61% of them are low-level or middle-level managers. 32% of the surveyed said they suffered more than USD100,000 in damage not to mention damage to reputation and business relations. Marcus Paciocco from PwC Vietnam said some measurable financial losses included legal costs or actual loss … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 21/11
By Annie Vainshtein Updated 12:16 pm PST, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Participants take part in a cuddle party and give each other shoulder rubs at a home in Marina Del Rey, CA on Monday, November 25, 2013. Participants take part in a cuddle party and give each other shoulder rubs at a home in Marina Del Rey, CA on Monday, November 25, 2013. Photo: Digital First Media/Orange Count/Digital First Media Via Getty Im Yoni Alkan, a certified Cuddlist and a Cuddle Party facilitator, cuddles with a client. Yoni Alkan, a certified Cuddlist and a Cuddle Party facilitator, cuddles with a client. Photo: Stephen Johnson A scene from a Cuddle Party in San Francisco, Calif. A scene from a Cuddle Party in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Yoni Alkan Participants take part in a cuddle party at a home … [Read more...] about I cuddled with strangers at a Cuddle Party, San Francisco’s latest wellness trend